HC Deb 26 June 1900 vol 84 c1133

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the prosecution, on 18th June, of Messrs. Ritchie, a firm of jute manufacturers at Stratford, for neglecting to provide a fan, as directed by the inspector, to prevent the inhalation of impure dust, and to the remarks of the magistrate on the necessity of proving in each case injury to health; and what steps he proposes to take in the matter.


The case to which the right hon. Baronet refers has engaged the special attention of the Home Office. The magistrate, in giving his decision, agreed to state a case on the question of law, and I at once gave instructions for the necessary steps to be taken to carry the matter to the High Court.